Last post on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:17 AM
You are in the Volkswagen GTI
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Volkswagen GTI, Hatchback
#179 of 185 Re: Warranty "Wear and Tear" [shipo]
May 21, 2010 (6:52 pm)
I didn't buy the extended warranty. It cost too much. But I've been sitting here worrying that I might have expensive issues that I'd have to pay for out of pocket. I fell in love with the GTI and took the gamble, but after the issues I had with my Jetta, it has me a little worried.
#180 of 185 Re: Warranty "Wear and Tear" [khq0660]
May 26, 2010 (12:48 pm)
The dealer used the same scare tactic with a friend of mine purchasing a Tiguan. To the F&I guy's surprise, I chimed in. "If this is such an expensive car to fix, then maybe he should purchase another Honda product." That had the F&I guy change his tune completely.
Once your GTI is outside the standard warranty, I'd take it to an independent (and reputable) mechanic. VW parts can be expensive when purchased new from VW, but third party or re-manufactured stuff are inexpensive. Dealers also tend to charge a premium for labor. Only use the dealer when absolutely necessary (warranty work, stuff that your independent guy can't fix).
#181 of 185 Re: Warranty "Wear and Tear" [GBrianK]
May 26, 2010 (3:18 pm)
Thanks. I at least will rest comfortably and enjoy my car until my VW warranty expires. Then I will think seriously about trading it in for something else--if it shows signs of acting like the Jetta did. Even independent shops and parts are cost prohibitive if something is broken continuously.
#182 of 185 Re: Warranty "Wear and Tear" [khq0660]
Jul 07, 2010 (5:11 pm)
If having the car outside of warranty bothers you, consider a VW or 3rd party extended service contract. Call around to several VW dealerships. Prices vary widely (may also check the internet). On the 3rd party warranties, some credit unions have extended service contract for sale with lower prices and more reputable companies.
#183 of 185 Re: Warranty "Wear and Tear" [GBrianK]
Jul 07, 2010 (5:19 pm)
How do you know if you are getting a reputable, and solvent, extended warranty? VW offers their own extended warranties? I didn't know this. Since my "new" used car is VW certified, I have quite awhile to go before the warranty is up.
#184 of 185 Re: Warranty "Wear and Tear" [GBrianK]
Jul 08, 2010 (11:32 am)
FYI: Got this from my HR director
Save Cash by Avoiding Auto-Repair Service Plans
(Increase your financial IQ Ė think green)
Did you know that according to Consumer Reports Magazine, extended auto warranties usually donít make financial cents? Consumer Reports notes that a five year old vehicle today had one third fewer problems than a five year old vehicle in 2005. The bottom line Ė cars are becoming increasingly more reliable and serious (more expensive) problems, such as engine or transmission repairs, are actually quite rare.
Many service plans are sold by marketing companies that donít provide the coverage themselves. Plans can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars and have various coverage options. They all sound good until you file a claim. Most contracts include a lot of fine print that can usually be used to deny your request for payment. According to the Federal Trade Commission, auto-service contract fraud was the number one complaint in 2009! That just about says it all.
Whether a service plan is offered by a broker, car dealer or manufacturer, the experts recommend that you skip it. Youíre better off redirecting that money into your TSP account!
Jul 12, 2012 (7:17 am)
I have an '06 GTI. The engine light came on so had it checked. Apparently it needs a new O2 sensor. The estimate with parts and labor was $400. What is the cost of a sensor and can I find one myself